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We featured this 3.4-ounce headlamp in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide for its plethora of features. “[Its] spot- and floodlight modes can work in tandem,” wrote tester Will Palmer. “The ­resulting 1,400 lumens are like turning on your car’s high beams.”…

If you’re looking for a reliable running and backpacking headlamp on a budget, the FL1R is a solid choice. It weighs just 1.1 ounces and has a 2.5-hour run time on its highest setting. “It sheds mellow rain, has a red-light setting, and feels secure (but barely there) as you…

Columnist Graham Averill rounded up his favorite headlamps back in 2017, and some models on his list still hold up today, like the 280-lumen Inova STS. Averill liked its “swipe-to-shine interface that works just like your iPhone: slide your finger across the top of the headlamp to…

There's romance in practicality—as long the present arrives on time

We featured the BioLite 330 as one of our top choice headlamps in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Unlike other angler-fish style lamps, the 330’s light lays flush across your forehead. Plus, the light includes a rechargeable battery in the back.

8 new running headlamps reviewed, with options for every preference: from forehead to waist to handheld.

It's an upgrade on my previous favorite, the Iota, and my new go-to for backpacking and trail running

From tech gadgets to apparel upgrades, some of our best-reviewed gear make great presents.

In an excerpt from her new book, 'Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear,' Outside correspondent Eva Holland is paralyzed by fear while hiking down from an ice climb. The experience catalyzes a quest to understand and overcome her acrophobia.

We included this headlamp in our roundup of the best lights of 2017. The Reactik+ connects to your phone via bluetooth, and the accompanying app lets you adjust brightness for battery life and activity. It’s rechargeable, and self-regulates lumen output based on your surroundings.

This headlamp was our top pick for running in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide because of its five lighting modes. We did note the Halo Fire is bulkier than other designs, but the straps cinch tightly to your head to avoid too much bounce.

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The Astro is our Gear Guy’s favorite budget headlamp. It’s dimmable, has a strobe function, a lock mode, and the battery lasts 20 hours on the highest setting. “The Astro is the best headlamp for most people, most of the time,” he wrote.

We cover the necessities, plus a few extras and friendly pointers

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